To assist with the growing food insecurity issues in Western New York caused by COVID-19, AT&T donated more than 70 communication devices to FeedMore WNY to increase the efficiencies of the hunger-relief organization’s operations and support pandemic relief efforts. The contribution, which included 25 wireless tablets, 15 smartphones and 30 long-range two-way radios, will improve communications among FeedMore WNY’s two Buffalo offices, its warehouses in Buffalo and Falconer and its 31 home-delivered meal sites throughout Erie and Niagara counties. AT&T has also provided the organization wireless connectivity for all the devices to assist with the increased demand it faces due to the COVID-19 health crisis.
The donated tablets and smartphones are being used to enhance communications at FeedMore WNY’s home-delivered meal sites, which operated without Internet capabilities. The technology will enable better communication among staff members as well as with FeedMore WNY’s 1,800 home-delivered meal volunteers. FeedMore WNY employees also will use the tablets and smartphones when they are out in the field working with clients. Field employees, including FeedMore WNY’s registered dieticians, will use the Internet connection provided through the devices to conduct on-site client assessments.
“Clear communication is the cornerstone to any successful organization,” Tara A. Ellis, president and CEO of FeedMore WNY, said. “As FeedMore WNY continues to grow our operations to meet the ever-present need for food assistance in our community, it is even more imperative that we have the proper tools to fulfill our mission. AT&T’s generous donation will enable better communication among FeedMore WNY’s employees as we work now to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, and in the long-term as we continue to provide dignity, hope and a brighter future to our Western New York neighbors in need.”
"It is remarkable what this organization is doing to assist the region’s most vulnerable."Kevin Hanna – Director, AT&T External Affairs
“AT&T has been connecting people and organizations for more than a century, and staying connected has never been more important than it is now, which is why we are proud to help FeedMore WNY enhance its wireless communications needs as its programs expand to meet the increased demand caused by COVID-19,” said Kevin Hanna, Director, External Affairs, AT&T. “It is remarkable what this organization is doing to assist the region’s most vulnerable and address the growing food insecurity issues caused by this health crisis and AT&T is proud to help them as they keep so many nourished.”